Lawyers Liability

Lawyers Liability

Lawyers need lawyers too. At Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP, lawyers retain the firm to help them with all manner of legal issues unique to attorneys.

Legal Malpractice
When lawyers are sued for malpractice, the firm stands ready to defend attorneys and law firms, whether through motion practice, settlement or trial. Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys have tried to verdict cases where attorneys and law firms have been accused of malpractice. In the last five years, firm attorneys have received not guilty verdicts in cases where former clients have sought tens of millions of dollars.

With years of work defending lawyers, firm attorneys have a deep network of experts in a wide-ranging area of practices, including estate planning, commercial real estate, personal injury, intellectual property, insurance defense, bankruptcy, professional liability, appeals, securities, corporate, and taxation.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys also have dozens of reported and unreported decisions in the reviewing courts asserting strong positions for attorneys.

ARDC Investigations
Firm attorneys have represented attorneys and witnesses before the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) of the Supreme Court of Illinois. The ARDC’s mission is to promote the integrity of the legal profession, at the direction of the Supreme Court, through attorney registration, education, investigation, prosecution and remedial action.

Ethics Opinions
Fellow attorneys retain Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP to opine on the ethical considerations facing attorneys and law firms, including conflicts of interest, disqualification, unreasonable fees and billing issues, and the sale of a law firm practice to another attorney, among others.

Fee Disputes
Lawyers who operate on contingency often share fees with attorneys outside their law firms. When disputes arise, the firm’s attorneys quickly assist their clients by initially trying to resolve the disputes amicably, keeping fees and expenses to a minimum. When resolution cannot be reached, the firm stands ready to try the case to obtain a just result.

Law Firm Dissolutions
Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP has represented partners who have left law firms and partners whose law firms have dissolved. Whether the dispute is public and in court or private and in arbitration, the firm’s attorneys bring experience in both realms for their attorney and law firm clients.


Chicago, St. Louis, November 02, 2023
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Recognized in 2024 Best Law Firms Rankings
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is thrilled to announce its inclusion in the 14th Edition of Best Law FirmsĀ® ranked by Best Lawyers for 2024.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, St. Louis, Madison County, Indiana, August 19, 2021
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch Lists
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review.

Chicago, February 2, 2021
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 25 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 12 attorneys have been named n to the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers list and 13 have been named to the Illinois Rising Stars list.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, January 11, 2021
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2021
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommended by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, July 16, 2020
Three Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that three attorneys have joined the firm's Chicago office as associates.

Chicago, February 27, 2020
Law360 Profiles New Lateral Partner John Duffy
Duffy shared with Law360 that he "is excited for the bigger footprint that his new firm would provide..." and "emphasized Swanson Martin's 'national reputation of trying cases, including difficult ones involving product manufacturers or professionals.'"

Chicago, February 20, 2020
Legal Malpractice and Product Liability Partner Joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Duffy's practice focuses on the defense of attorneys and law firms accused of malpractice or accused of ethical violations.

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